Monday, September 12, 2016
Tuesday, 24th Week in Ordinary Time
13 September 2016
Tuesday, 24th Week in Ordinary Time
St. John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
1 Cor 12:12 -14, 27- 31a / Lk 7:11 – 17
Born in Antioch, St. John Chrysostom (349 – 407). "The golden-mouthed," Archbishop of Constantinople, was a distinguished writer and preacher on Catholic doctrine and Christian life.
From the Gospel Reading: Lk 7:11 - 16
A little later Jesus went to a town called Naim and many of his disciples went with him – a great number of people. As he reached the gate of the town, a dead man was being carried out. He was the only son of his mother and she was a widow; there followed a large crowd of townspeople.
On seeing her, the Lord had pity on her and said, "Don't cry." Then he came up and touched the stretcher and the men who carried it stopped. Jesus then said, "Young man, awake, I tell you." And the dead man got up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. A holy fear came over them all and they praised God saying, "A great prophet has appeared among us; God has visited his people."
The Gospel reading for today offers two points for reflection:
(1) Mercy and compassion. When Jesus saw the widow grieving for her dead son, he had pity on her and said, "Don't cry." Pope Francis expressed the same mercy and compassion and closeness to our brothers and sisters who suffered from the devastation wrought by Typhoon Yolanda with his memorable visit to our country. How do I show my love and sensitivity to the needs of others – my family, my household staff, the out of school youth, the hungry children in depressed areas, the sick who cannot afford medical attention and are broken in spirit... Let us not be people who "have blood on their hands as a result of their comfortable and silent complicity." (Evangelii Gaudium)
(2) Jesus as Lord of life: "Young man, awake, I tell you." Our salvation from death to eternal life with God, at the unimaginable cost of Christ's passion and death, is an awesome truth for reflection, not only during the Lenten season, but every time we have to go through suffering for doing what is right. Christ suffered for us in just this way. "...you should be glad to share in the sufferings of Christ because, on the day his Glory is revealed, you will also fully rejoice." 1 Peter 13. This is what Fr. Robert Barron calls "redemptive suffering" (Lenten Retreat, Day 39).
Lord Jesus, grant us the grace to follow your footsteps and put up with suffering for doing what is right, so that we may be saved from death to eternal life with you.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Maria Lourdes Miranda
Jaden Marcus Yap Dy
Daniel Sy Tan
Bing A. Courtney
IN MEMORIAM (+)
For the special intentions of Mary Wong.
For the eternal repose of the soul of Bernardo Santiago Jr.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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